Film & Art: Homie Up:- Stories of Love and Redemption

09/22/2015 6:30 pm


In collaboration with the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Homie UP is pleased to announce our upcoming FILM showing of Homie UP Stories of Love and Redemption on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114). The evening program will begin at 5:30pm with an art exhibit featuring original works of art by incarcerated artists, film screening at 6:30pm and a panel discussion at 7:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking behind the building. Take the Orange line Trolley to Euclid exit.

Homie UP Stories of Love and Redemption is a 60 minute documentary about families whose lives are changed by incarceration after having a beloved family member incarcerated. This film is devoted to sharing how prisons affect not just those inside but how the prison walls also penetrate outward into families and communities. English and Spanish with subtitles. The Homie UP documentary was funded by the Community Stories Grant of Cal Humanities.

While the film highlights the Universidad Popular (UP) program, the heart of the film is the oral histories that narrate stories of incarceration. Specifically, the film focuses on the living histories of distinct families. First, Eric, who was the first UP graduate to be released from prison and who is on parole, shares about life in prison and the reentry challenges after being released. His mother, sister and grandmother also provide their compelling perspectives on Eric’s journey. Second, parents Jose and Maria share how they try to stay connected and supportive of their son Jose, who is incarcerated. The family describes what life was like before Jose was incarcerated, how it’s been since he’s been in prison, and the hopes and aspirations they have for Jose after he gets released. Third, Yeimi, who is the second UP student to be released, describes the intersection of immigration and incarceration in the border region and how the stigma ascribed to immigrants has affected her sense of self and self-expression. Four, Estela and Jessica are sisters who describe what it is like to have a brother in and out of prison. Finally, Arcela and Eva (mother and grandmother) describe the emotional toll of visiting a loved one in prison, the dehumanizing processes of incarceration and the difficulties associated with simply and trying to support their loved one.

Event Location: 
Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation 404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, California 92114